3 alternatives to Nero for Linux CD and DVD burning


Back when I was still using optical media with regularity, Brasero was my go-to program for creating CDs and DVDs. Designed for Gnome and packaged for most major Linux distributions, Brasero presents a cleanly packaged GUI interface for creating a variety of disc types. When you open it up for the first time, you are presented with choices for creating a new audio, video, or data project, along with creating a 1:1 copy of an existing disc or burning a copy of a previously created image. It also comes with a cover editor, which is not nearly as advanced as using a separate program to create your cover, but it’s still a nice-to-have.

One nice thing I like about Brasero is the pluggable interface, allowing a variety of different tools to be added separately, including non-free tools for working with, for example, CSS encrypted DVD video.

Brasero’s source code is kept in a git repository hosted by the Gnome Foundation, and it is available as open source under the terms of the GPL, version 2 or later.



is a CD and DVD writing (‘burning’) application and is available from the Ubuntu Software Centre.

Key Features include

Write data disks

Write audio disks

Write ‘images’ to disk (e.g. Linux distributions)

Copy disks Rip and encode audio CDs



  • To make an ISO image, click Tools, and then Burn CD/DVD image depending on if you are burning to a CD or DVD. Then you will need to find the location of the ISO image (e.g /home/name/Desktop/someiso.iso)

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  • You can copy another CD/DVD or Audio CD by selecting the option that applies from the Tools menu.

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Part 3. Other 9 CD Burners for Linux You Should Know

  1. Nero Linux

URL: http://www.nero.com/eng/downloads/previous-versions/download-linux4-update.php?vlang=en

Nero Linux burning software is an application possessing the same functionalities with Nero ROM. In this Linux version, the tool possesses all the features that is expected of a great Linux burning software. It is greatly popular for handling all the CD/DVD burning needs. Nero Linux is an affordable tool, and hence users can download it and access its demo version before investing in it wholly.

Key Features:

Key Features:

  • Ability to burn files using optical media storage devices like CDs, DVDs, HD-DVD, and Blu-Ray discs.
  • Runs well on both 32 bit and 64-bit devices.
  • You can store and upload compilations in XML.
  • It supports up to 26 languages.
  1. SimpleBurn

URL: http:///

SimpleBurn is another great tool for burning and extracting CD and DVD files. The developers of this program strived to come up with a largely independent software, and they were quite successful with that. Its interface was designed using GTK2, and the burning functionalities with CDRkits and CDRTools.

Key Features:

Key Features:

  • The program supports 10 popular languages.
  • It can rip video DVDs.
  • The program can also burn the data directories of CDs/DVDs.
  • Ability to extract ISO images, and also burn them to CDs/DVDs.
  1. ImgBurn

URL: https://www.aimersoft.com/how-to-burn/imgburn-for-linux.html

ImgBurn managed to make it on this list because of its compatibility with Wine. The program is however not open sourced and hence users will have to use it as it is, without getting the functionalities to modify it. It can be quite helpful too though the product’s official Linux package has not been availed yet.

Key Features:

Key Features:

  • Allows editing of rewritable discs.
  • Users can come up with audio CDs from multiple file types.
  • It can make videos on discs such as DVDs, Blu-Ray, and HD-DVD.

URL: http:///

CD Recording Disc At Once (CDRDAO) is an open-sourced Linux cd burner that also runs smoothly in Mac and Windows operating systems. This tool performs its data and audio CD-Rs recording task using the textual description of the contents stored in the CD. The program has no interface, and users are expected to perform their tasks using command lines.

Key Features:

Key Features:

  • The program supports both raw and waves audios.
  • You will have the power to control pause areas between tracks, and hence either increase or reduce it.
  • You can edit content between sub-channels.
  • Ability to create CD-Text by using CDDB.
  1. Xfburn

URL: https://www.bodhilinux.com/a/xfburn/

This is yet another best Linux burning software that will be great for use in Linux OS. Just like its name indicates, the designers of this tool integrated it with Xfce desktop and hence it can be used in any device that is supported by Linux.

Key Features:

Key Features:

  • Xfburn Linux cd burner is also able to burn ISO images.
  • Output devices for burn files include CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs.
  • Possesses an easy to use interface.
  1. X-CD-Roast

This free Linux CD burning software was first availed in the year 1999 and has been greatly helpful since then. X-CD-Roast is front-ended for disc-authoring needs. It enables authoring discs by using command lines to output graphical displays based on GTK.

Key Features:

Key Features:

  • You can copy data, audio, and mixed-modes with the tool.
  • It has incorporated the drag and drops feature.
  • X-CD-Roast supports themes through GTK themes.
  • It accommodates GTK themes.
  1. GnomeBaker

URL: https://www.unixmen.com/how-to-install-gnomebaker-in-ubuntu/

GnomeBake is another free Linux cd burner that you can obtain by not spending a penny. This tool is open-sourced. You may opt to edit it to fit with your own personal uses from its readily available source code. GnomeBaker will definitely play a core role in authoring your CD/DVD contents.

Key Features:

Key Features:

  • The program supports the drag and drops feature.
  • You can burn CDs using ATAPI and SCSI as long as you are using kernel 2.4 and 2.6.
  • It supports batch processing.
  1. K3b

K3B is another awesome Linux burning software that you can try out. This application may seem inflexible with GNOME desktop as it based on Qt. However, the program is equipped with powerful features making it stand out from the other programs.

Key Features:

Key Features:

  • You can write audio CDs directly without having to change the audio files to WAV.
  • K3B supports the creation of ISO images.
  • The program can rip audio CDs, video DVDs, and video DVDs.
  1. GEAR Pro

Gear Pro has incorporated the latest technology to perform tasks on CDs and DVDs. Though this tool does not support burning files to HD formats, it supports the majority of CD/DVD burning media file formats.

Key Features:

Key Features:

  • It allows users to create titles, and conduct pre-master testing.
  • You can either batch files or command scripts to do repetitive tasks and unfinished tasks.
  • Gear Pro allows users to perform tasks through command lines or its Graphical Use Interface (GUI).

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